Thursday, October 8, 2015


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*A Collection of Antiquarian Curios & Relics*
"Unfortunately, the clock is ticking, the hours are going by.  The past increases,
the future recedes.  Possibilities decreasing, regrets mounting . . ."
                                          --Haruki Murakami


1)  MURAKAMI SANDWICH WITH AMERICAN CHEESE . . .  Both Bantam and most of the Free World have been waiting for George R.R. Martin's latest installment in The Game of Thrones series, The Winds of Winter, but alas, it looks like it won't be released anytime soon.  So with the holiday season right around the corner, what's a publisher to do?  Well, obviously, you repackage some of his old material, slap a snappy cover on it, and you call it A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms (9780345533487) 30.00.  The three novellas in this book take place about a hundred years before the events depicted in his Song of Ice and Fire series and the HBO TV show, and they are also available as 'graphic novels.'  Also, to cash in on the coloring book craze, The Official A Game of Thrones Coloring Book (9781101965764) 16.95 will release on October 27.  You might want to have a few extra red pencils  handy before you start . . . 


2)  PHILIP ROTH CORN BEEF ON RYE . . .  In Nicholas Sparks news:  It is very likely that Mr. Sparks will be snubbed by the Nobel Prize committee yet again.  However, it's not only doom and gloom for him; he has a new release this week called See Me (9781455520619) 27.00 . . . 'Feel me, touch me, heal me, listening to you, I get the music, gazing at you, I get the heat, following you, I climb the mountains, I get excitement at your feet . . .', and he has also signed a deal for a new TV show with the CW.  The main character is a romance writer who has divorced his wife of 25 years.  Now he has to learn how to be single all over again and learn how to date.  Oh, and the author is seen as an expert on love.  I just don't know how Mr. Sparks comes up with these original ideas . . .

 3)  JOYCE CAROL OATS VEGETABLE SANDWICH . . .  I hate to say it but steampunk is going mainstream.  First of all, Jim Butcher is starting a new steampunk series called The Cinder Spires.  The initial book in this series is The Aeronaut's Windlass (9780451466808) 27.95, and I'm sure, like The Dresden Files, there will be many more to come.  Also, the string of Zombie Halloween parties at Schulers Books has come to an end this year, and it is being replaced by a Steampunk Tea Party featuring Gail Carringer, the author of Prudence: The Custard Protocol (9780316212243) 20.00, on October 29.  Come out and play!


 As a last note, Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor have written Welcome to Night Vale (9780062351425) 19.99, which ties into their wildly popular podcast.  It's not out until October 20, but it has the potential to be a huge sleeper upon its release.  It's what the kids are into . . . .

Odds & Sods

The venerable Wil Haygood stopped in today and signed copies of his new title, Showdown: Thurgood Marshall and the Supreme Court Nomination that Changed America (9780307957191) 32.50.  With the state of race relations in our country, his trials and tribulations are still relevant.  As usual, it's first come, first served.

Also, we are distributing Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette's new book, Big Lessons from a Small Town (9781933926599) 17.95.  It has a folksy rural cover that will appeal to his base. Bill is also out pounding the pavement with autographings so it's getting some buzz . . .

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